Decatur Herald & Review
Virginia Bell Marsh Gore, 98, formerly from Decatur, Illinois, died May 21, 2011, after a lifetime of service and Christian witness. She was the daughter of Rev. Dr. Thomas Harley Marsh and Bertha Anderson Marsh,
She married Norman J. Gore who preceded her in death in 1969. Her daughters, Susan Ahmad (Syed) Manchester, MO and Joan Krupa (Ted), Peoria Heights, Il survive along with seven grandchildren: Omar Ahmad (Jennifer) Lenexa, KS, Sufia Fleming (William) West Palm Beach, Fl, Adham Ah-mad (Stephani) Wentzville, MO, Kamron Ahmad (Kirsten) St. Louis, MO, Stephen Krupa (Deborah) Morton, Il, Mark Krupa (Czech Republic) and Matthew Krupa (Peoria Heights, Il), The third of nine siblings, her brother John Marsh (West Palm Beach, Fl) survives along with eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Virginia devoted her life to children, teaching students with physical disabilities at Gastman School. She was a kindergarten teacher/principal at Argenta-Oreana for many years, retiring at age 70. She was recognized by the State of Illinois as an expert in early childhood education where her kindergarten was a state demonstration center. Ilinois College named Virginia as a Distinguished Alum for her work as an educator.
As a member of Decatur's First Baptist Church, she served in many leadership roles including youth group advisor and ABW President. She helped form the church's pre-school program and was a member of the Builder's Class. As a community volunteer, she held memberships in Delta Kappa Gamma, Kiwanis, Junior Welfare, Civil War Roundtable and many other organizations. During World War II, she helped form what would later become occupational therapy services at Decatur Memorial Hospital where she also volunteered with the Auxiliary. She served as troop leader for Girl Scouts, leading one troop to serve as Junior Auxiliary volunteers at the hospital.
Virginia was well-respected for her lively intellect that made her a life-long learner. She attended Illinois College and graduated from Millikin University where she received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees.
She was an international traveler, having climbed the Great Wall for the third time at age eighty-eight.
She will be greatly missed by family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Decatur First Baptist Church flower fund or the Gore Scholarship at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois.
The family sincerely thanks all of Virginia's caretakers, most recently at Apostolic Christian Home Skylines and OSF Hospice in Peoria, Illinois.
Obituary written by family members.